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William Barker Cushing

Civil War Union Naval Officer. He gained fame as one of the most daring Naval commanders of the Civil War. Despite his young age, he commanded several Union warships with distinction. His two most famous acts are the nighttime raid and destruction of the formidable Confederate ram "CSS Albemarle" and his leading of the naval brigade in the assault upon Fort Fisher, North Carolina. His brother was Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing, who was killed at Gettysburg and is buried at West Point. The Cushing family is the only military family to have a son buried at each of the two United States Military Academy cemeteries.

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  • Added: 18 Aug 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6135
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Barker Cushing (4 Nov 1842–17 Dec 1874), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6135, citing United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .